Filipina Architect Named in the Top 20 Under 40 Design and Construction Professionals in the USA

Architect Lira Luis, named Top 20 Under 40 in the USA. (Photo by Lightfair International)
Architect Lira Luis, named Top 20 Under 40 in the USA. (Photo by Lightfair International)

The Engineering News Record, widely known as ENR, is a weekly magazine that provides news, analysis, data and opinion for the construction industry worldwide. They recognize the individual accomplishment of “young design and construction professionals, under 40 years old, who have made significant contributions to their professions and communities” in an annual competition called Top 20 Under 40.

This year, Filipina architect Lira Luis, AIA, RIBA, NCARB, CeM, LEED AP BD+C, was awarded Top 20 Under 40 in the Midwest region for “her enthusiasm for environmental issues (that) knows no boundaries.”

ENR saluted her a write up by John Gregerson: “After becoming the first Filipino accepted into Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Architects in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she received a master’s degree in architecture in 2000, Lira Luis confounded expectations by living in tents and building desert shelters while attending the school. As an academic, she has taught architecture technology at the Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. She currently travels the world delivering keynote speeches about architecture and the environment and has spearheaded symposiums to raise awareness of environmental issues in Asia.”

“ENR Midwest received scores of nominations during a submission period extending from Nov. 1 to Dec. 8. An independent panel of five industry professionals (that included James Arends, vice president and business development manager with Gilbane Building Co., Chicago; Fred L. Brandstrader, senior project manager with CB Richard Ellis, Chicago, and president of the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects; Ashley Z. Hand, associate with AECOM, Kansas City, Mo.; Colin Rohlfing, sustainable design director with HOK, Chicago; and Anna Stern, vice president with Tri-North Builders, Fitchburg, Wis.) selected those candidates they believed best demonstrated excellence and leadership in their professions and communities,” wrote ENR in their announcement of the 2012 winners.

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